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Modern version of Cap’n Hooks croc

Workers at a Ukrainian aquarium didn’t believe it when a visitor said a crocodile swallowed her phone. Then the reptile started ringing.

The accident in the eastern city of Dnipropetrovsk sounds a bit like “Peter Pan,” in which a crocodile happily went “tick-tock” after gulping down an alarm clock.

But Gena, the 14-year-old croc who swallowed the phone, has hardly been living a fairy tale: He hasn’t eaten or had a bowel movement in four weeks and appears depressed and in pain.

via No app for this: Croc gulps phone, starts ringing – Yahoo! News.

January 21, 2011 Posted by | animals | Comments Off

Oh, to be in Iceland on Husband’s Day…

Coat of arms of Iceland

Image via Wikipedia

Today is Bóndadagur, or Husband’s Day, when wives and girlfriends in Iceland pamper their men. Bóndadagur also marks the beginning of the old Icelandic month of Thorri, during which Thórrablót mid-winter feasts are held across the country.

In many households, Bóndadagur is celebrated by eating the traditional Thorri food: dried fish, smoked lamb, putrefied shark and soured blood and liver pudding along with other soured meat products, including ram testicles. The delicacies are often washed down with a shot or two of brennivín, Icelandic schnapps.

via Iceland Review Online

Seems to me it would take more than a shot or two of schnapps to get those “goodies” down…

January 21, 2011 Posted by | cool people, Food | Comments Off

Don’t tanks have guns?

A disabled man has been stopped from using his specially-made wheelchair because British road authorities say it’s a tank.

Jim Starr, 36, was told by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DLVA) he cannot ride his specially-made chair, which has caterpillar-treads instead of wheels, because its size and width technically make it a tank.

via The Mercury – The Voice of Tasmania

If a tracked vehicle over a certain width (the problem here) is a tank then aren’t crawler tractors also tanks?

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January 21, 2011 Posted by | cool stuff, Dumb Bureaucrats | Comments Off

Global Warming hits Wisconsin

Well, they said it would be cold. And it is.

Temperatures in the Chippewa Valley seem to have bottomed out at 7 a.m. Friday, when the thermometer dipped to -24 degrees. That makes Friday the coldest day of the winter, and it isn’t too far away from the day’s record low of -29, set in 1984.

The wind chill advisory issued by the National Weather Service was extended by an extra hour, to 10 a.m. Friday.While winds are mostly calm to no more than 5 mph, the wind chill factor is still into the -30 to -40 range.

via Temperatures fall to -24 Friday morning

Good thing we have global warming…otherwise it would be cold in Wisconsin.

January 21, 2011 Posted by | Global warming | Comments Off

   

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